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By Fiona Harepa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Mar. 31) – Those who wish to register political parties on Bougainville can now do so now.

The approval for registration of political parties on the islands was given by the Interim Bougainville Provincial Government in consultation with the Bougainville Peoples Congress on March 3.

Bougainville Governor John Momis said the formation of political parties is in accordance with section 237 (3) of the Bougainville Constitution.

The three main determinations for a political party to be recognized are that the political parties in Bougainville must have at least 10 members in each of the three regions of Bougainville, and that a political party must have policies on broad subjects of relevance to Bougainville and policies should be based on:

Other matters referred to in part three (Objectives and directive principles)

Momis said a political party must also have an organizational structure that fulfils fundamentals of democracy like having a written constitution, which ensures memberships of the party is not restricted on the basis of sex, race, religion or place of origin.

April 1, 2005

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